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19 May 2015 12:20
Danny Jordaan arrives at the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma on May 24 2014. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)
The Democratic Alliance has called for
the resignation of South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny
Jordaan, saying the association’s constitution does not allow him to remain
in his position while serving as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.
announced on Monday that Jordaan would take the reins at the troubled municipality. He replaces the 83-year-old incumbent Benson Fihla.
DA sports spokesperson Solly Malatsi said the party was concerned that Jordaan’s role of mayor would compromise the independence required for fulfilling the role as a Safa office
“Article 3.1 of the Safa constitution expressly stipulates that ‘Safa is neutral in matters of politics
and religion’,” said Malatsi.
He said Jordaan’s
occupation of both roles would make him the most
politically partisan sports administrator in the country.
“His deployment as a
cadre of the ANC to a highly volatile political arena when Safa is just
recovering from a lengthy period of instability does not bode well for the
continued recovery of Safa, which requires stable leadership at Safa House,” Malatsi said.
The Economic Freedom Fighters expressed the
“Jordaan must resign from the association since he has chosen
active politics and life as an ANC politician,” said national spokesperson Mbuyiseni
spokesperson Dominique Chimhavi said Jordaan did not have to resign because his position was a non-executive one.
“The president of
rugby is not employed by rugby, the president of cricket is not employed by
cricket, the presidents of all other associations across the globe are not
employed by the associations,” said Chimhavi on Tuesday.
“It’s a norm
globally that an association president is employed somewhere else.”
The Azanian People’s
Organisation said they believed that Jordaan’s appointment was “a stunt and a
desperate attempt by the ANC at self-healing – not a focus on delivering
services to voters and ratepayers in the metro”.
The party, which has no
representation in Parliament, said Jordaan did not have the skills to lead
“[The] ANC remains a menace to
the development of the people of the metro, as [it] is to the people of the Eastern
Cape and the country,” said spokesperson Funani ka Ntontela.
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